About BladeCenter and System x
IBM BladeCenter and System x are designed for a broad set of client needs from large enterprises to general businesses and high performance computing. IBM's line of x86 systems are backed by hundreds of patents and 100 number one performance benchmarks over the last 10 years. During that time, IBM invested a half a billion dollars in X-Architecture innovations. The result has been a very strong position, particularly in scalable systems. For example, according to IDC, in 2007 IBM continued to dominate the high-end scalable x86 market with more than 60% share, three times more than its closest competitor.
Claim: HP says that Blade.org is nothing more than a business partner program to promote IBM BladeCenter -- all cleverly packaged in the guise of an open standards body.
The industry disagrees.
IBM responds to the competition
1 IDC Link - Blade.org Identifies Datacenter "Mega-Trends" June 26, 2008
2 Edison Group, Blade Server Power Study (PDF, 976 KB), November 2007.
|IBM BladeCenter E||IBM BladeCenter H||HP BladeSystem c7000|
|Blades||14 HS21 XM LV||14 HS21 XM||16 BL460c G1|
|Processor||2 x 1.86 50W Intel Quad Core (L5320)||2 x 1.86 80W Intel Quad Core (E5320)||2 x 1.86 80W Intel Quad Core (E5320)|
|Memory||4 x 2GB DIMMs||8 x 1GB DIMMs||8 x 1GB DIMMs|
|Local disks per blade||2 x16GB solid state||2 x16GB solid state||2 x 36GB 10K SAS HDD|
|Peak power consumption per blade server (watts)||224.84||300.63||333.43|
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